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The Apartment, Etihad Airways, SBID International Design Awards

The world’s most impressive, highly customised First Class experience has been introduced by Etihad Airways.

The Apartments First Class Suites, as they have been named, are so impressive they are one of the finalists in the SBID International Design Awards Best Entertainment Space Category.

Designed by Acumen Design Associates Etihad’s “The Apartment” is the world’s largest, most luxurious and highly customised first class suite, achieved via a revolutionary patent pending cabin layout.

The design team were briefed to design a first class cabin for Etihad Airways and create the individuality and exclusivity of a luxury boutique hotel experience on board. Another design aim was to ensure that the suites embraced Arabian modernism.

The Apartments differ greatly from the seat-to-bed products introduced in the mid 90’s. The layout of The Apartments sees a single central aisle running down the centre of the plane offering passengers a unique room-like space to enjoy their flight in. The space boasts a separate seat and bed within each apartment as well as a corridor of floor-space allowing for passenger movement around the suite. The passenger is able to move freely around their luxurious pod deciding whether to relax, eat, sleep, or entertain other guests as they go.

The Apartment, Etihad Airways, SBID International Design Awards

In six of the nine new suites the passengers can open up the suites into doubles creating a spectacular space. The suites boast ample storage space within them removing the need for overhead bins; this removal has allowed for the construction of the highest privacy walls in the sky. Passengers can therefore enjoy their apartments, and of course their journey, in complete privacy.

Some of the suites are equipped an adjustable 24-inch flat screen TV, a vanity cabinet with ample lighting, a chilled drinks cabinet and a wardrobe. Passengers can also freshen up before arriving in their destination by using the First Class bathroom.

Passengers are sure to enjoy a relaxing, comfortable in-flight experience thanks to luxurious loungewear, all-natural mattresses and duvet and cotton sheets and pillows which are all conducive to a relaxing journey.

Etihad launched the product to the world press on May this year and it will enter service on December 19th.

Guests in Etihad’s First Class are also able to enjoy a variety of mouthwatering dishes cooked up by the in-flight Chef. Passengers can choose from an a la carte menu which includes the signature grill or can choose to have something fresh from the kitchen. Wines from the world’s finest vineyards are also available ensuring that those travelling first class will have a satisfying flight.

On-demand entertainment and state of the art noise-cancelling headsets with over 750 hours of the latest movies, shows, music and interactive games enables guests to unwind in quiet comfort. The Etihad Wi-Fly connectivity provides in-flight phone and internet access.

The Apartment, Etihad Airways, SBID International Design Awards

About Etihad Airways 

Etihad Airways is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and has been in operation for ten years. Since its inception the firm has established itself as the world’s leading airline. Set up by Royal (Amiri) Decree in July 2003, Etihad commenced commercial operations in November, 2003, and has gone on to become the fastest growing airline in the history of commercial aviation.

The airline aims to reflect the best of Arabian hospitality as well as enhance the prestige of Abu Dhabi as a centre of hospitality between East and West. Our goal is to be a truly 21st century, global airline, challenging and changing the established conventions of airline hospitality. Each year Etihad receive a range of awards reflecting their position as one of the world’s leading premium airline brands, including ‘World’s Leading Airline’ at the World Travel Awards for five consecutive years.

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